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“Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the young woman who is unmarried and a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us].” (Isaiah 7:14)

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 Hello. How are you? Last night was the first night of Hanukkah and it is (7) days to Christmas Eve-which means (8) days to Christmas? Can you believe it? This year seemed to have moved at such an incredible speed that it’s seems like a blur. It’s crazy that it went by so fast-especially once next week is over with, people might be thinking about new resolutions for their upcoming year-while leaving some old ones behind.

One of the issues we contend with during the Holidays is the false sense of “urgency” to shop and buy gifts NOW! Oh, it may seem to start slowly and subtly- then it steam rolls us like a train flying off the tracks! Then we become overwhelmed and possibly depressed because it doesn’t seem like we have enough time to get it all done. We act this way in the “name of Christmas”. But, do we truly stop to grasp who the Christ is in Christmas? Do we honestly realize the meaning for what we are celebrating? Do we really believe that “Jesus is the reason for the season?” Or, do we just accept Him as part of the “Holiday décor? Think about it. Do we actually comprehend that God is with us?” “Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us. (Isaiah 8:10)

For Christians everywhere, the Christmas season is celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the One and Only intercessor between God and mankind; and He was aptly named “God with us”. He is with us even though He physically resides in the heavens. He inhabits the hearts (and lives) of those who already has received Him as LORD and Savior. Moreover, He is here with us and available to those who will call upon His name to accept Him. Immanuel, is with us. He was with us when we were in sin and He is with us when we repented and turned from our sin so He can continually lead us to everlasting life.  We will most likely stumble and fall when life throws it’s curve at us; but, He will still be with us. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

As you look upon the Manger scene during this Holiday season, notice how the God of this universe chose to be born into humanity so He could identify with us. He is omnipresent. He was, is and always be with us.  Just look for the sign and He will reveal Himself to youBEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” (Matthew 1:23)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, I would like to leave you with the lyrics from Michael Card’s song, “Immanuel”. It beautifully depicts God’s relationship with us this Christmas season and always.

Immanuel By Artist: Michael Card

A sign shall be given a virgin will conceive
A human baby bearing undiminished deity
The glory of the nations a light for all to see
That hope for all who will embrace His warm reality

Immanuel our God is with us
And if God is with us who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

For all those who live in the shadow of death
A glorious light has dawned
For all those who stumble in the darkness
Behold your light has come

Immanuel our God is with us
And if God is with us who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

So what will be Your answer? Will You hear the call?
Of Him who did not spare His son but gave Him for us all
On earth there is no power there is no depth or height
That could ever separate us from the love of God in Christ

Immanuel our God is with us
And if God is with us who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

Immanuel our God is with us
And if God is with us who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

 

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

proverbs_16_9_inspirational_bible_verse_cards-r684666b363794f4ea1976a597d074489_xvuak_8byvr_512Hello. How is everyone?  Spring is finally here and the weather changes prove it.  I feel change is in the air and a need to “spring clean” not only inside the house, but, inside ourselves as well.  In other words, it may be time to break from some old ways and habits and embrace new ones that God has for us.

It has been a long winter and I think most people (if not all people) are emotionally spent and not sure where or how to break from the winter blues-especially when everything seems so over-whelming. It feels like one is digging oneself out of a pit and is trying to enter the world on a simpler note.  That’s why it is so important to reach out to God and turn to Him. He is the only who can carry us when we are over-whelmed and He is the only one we can count on to carry us through our circumstances.

One constant message in God’s word is that He loves us and cares for us.  That is what we need to hold on to when everyone and everything else seems to be against us, God loves us and cares for us-so much so He died for us so we can spend eternity with Him.  One of the hardest issues I find is trying to convince other people that God loves them.  Everybody seems to be in crisis mode, which means their focus is only on themselves and that makes it harder for them to look towards God. We have to really know that God does love us and has a plan for us. I know it’s hard to concentrate or believe God’s promises when one is going through tough times, but, it is something we really need to strive for.  The enemy of our souls is always out to take our mind and attention off of God. Even though God may be saying “look over here, I have something wonderful for you”, the enemy, (known as Satan and the Devil) may say  “you can’t look over at what God has because of the circumstances you are going through. The enemy comes along to devour and to try take our life. That is constant job-to try to take believers from God and to keep people from meeting God. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1Peter 5:8)  However, God want us to always CHOOSE LIFE. “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. (Deuteronomy 30:19)

God promises are true and amen. His Word does not return void. That is His promise. His mercies are new every morning.  That is our hope when we feel we can’t get passed where we are.  Spring brings us a new season. This new season can be filled with hope, change, a new beginning…whatever we choose-but we must always choose LIFE!  We cannot let the enemy win.  He may get us discouraged while we are looking down, but the SON is always shining above us because He is the lifter of our heads!

I pray that as we enter into spring, we will welcome change and also new beginnings, regardless of how different or unfamiliar it can be. “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.   And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.  Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.”  (Ezekiel 36:26-28)

 I pray that as we enter into spring, we will welcome change and new beginnings, regardless of how different or unfamiliar it can be.  The journey with God always continues on and goes forward.  “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.  He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”  (Zephaniah 3:17)

There is no going backwards with God.  I think by looking back, proves we are not putting faith in God for what He has for us as we move forward with Him. When Lot and his family left Sodom, God said don’t look back. Lot’s wife turned to look back and immediately turned into a pillar of salt.  Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. But “Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” (Genesis 19:25-26) Her disobedience and lack of faith cost her, her life. There is only one way with God and that is upward. When Jesus returns to the earth, the Bible says we will be taken up to meet Him in the air. He is not checking the graves of believers-their spirits will be coming out of the grave and going up with God.

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, I hope you spring into your new life as you enter this new season. Be open for all changes and whatever God has for you because He will never leave you nor forsake you. “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”  “The most important one,” answered Jesus,  “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.  There is no commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:28:31

In His Love,

Melody

My prayer for you is this: “May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”  Psalm 20:4